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Smokin’ Oaks Barbeque nears reopening after fire

A popular local barbecue spot is getting closer to reopening its doors after a fire closed down the restaurant in April.

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort/For Beaufort Today Smokin’ Oaks Barbeque owners Mike and Karel Jones expect to reopen the restaurant this month after an April fire closed it down.

A real treat at the Chocolate Tree

The Chocolate Tree served up the 33rd installment of its “All You Can Eat Night” on Aug. 18.

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort/For Beaufort Today The Chocolate Tree sells 225 tickets for its annual “All You Can Eat Night.”

New eatery brings wood-fired pizzas to Bay Street

Downtown Beaufort just got a little bit tastier as new American-Italian eatery Hearth opened its doors this month on Bay Street.

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort/For Beaufort Today The wall behind the pizza oven was crafted with wood that was salvaged from Hurricane Matthew.

Beaufort Rocks spreads joy one stone at a time

Have you noticed painted rocks in random spots around Beaufort? You can bet they’re there for a reason.

Courtesy of Beaufort Rocks/Eat Sleep Play Beaufort Beaufort Rocks co-founder LaCrista Hudson says the group gives families a reason to spend time together.

Fripp Island closes in on record sea turtle nesting season

Fripp Island is nearing its record for sea turtle nests this season.

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort/For Beaufort Today A loggerhead turtle nest is marked at Fripp Island.

State reopens Hunting Island campground

After 10 long months, the public can enjoy the campground at Hunting Island State Park once again.

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort/For Beaufort Today State officials said the Hunting Island campground was ready to reopen Friday.

LowCountry Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on 25th home

LowCountry Habitat for Humanity recently hosted a site dedication and groundbreaking for its 25th anniversary home on Greene Street in downtown Beaufort.

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort/For Beaufort Today LowCountry Habitat for Humanity officials and Brandi Hussmann break ground on the organization’s 25th home.

Thousands celebrate July 4 at the Sands

A few thousand people made the Sands in Port Royal their spot catch some Fourth of July fireworks last week.

Photos courtesy of Eat Sleep Play Beaufort

Aaron Lewis to perform Concert in the Park

The 62nd annual Beaufort Water Festival’s first weekend includes a Concert in the Park performance by Aaron Lewis.

Courtesy of Eat Sleep Play Beaufort/ Aaron Lewis performs in 2016.

Beaufort’s Community Bowling Center adds laser tag arena

Hundreds of fun-seekers recently turned out to help open the new Lasertron Laser Tag Arena at the Community Bowling Center on Ribaut Road.

Courtesy of Sara Gray/Eat Sleep Play Beaufort Families line up outside the Community Bowling Center on Ribaut Road to help open up a new laser tag arena.

Hunting Island State Park reopens

After being ravaged by Hurricane Matthew nearly eight months ago, Hunting Island State Park reopened on a rainy Friday morning with visitors excited to finally feel the sand between their toes.

Courtesy of Eat Sleep Play Beaufort Hunting Island welcomes visitors Friday for the first time since it sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Beaufort comes together to help local fisherman

A group of locals has launched a fundraising effort to help put a well-known Beaufort shrimp boat back on the water.

Courtesy of Eat Sleep Play Beaufort The Gracie Belle suffered a broken mast and lost one of its outriggers in a May 23 storm.

Beaufort’s Tidalholm mansion sells for $1.76M

After four years on the market and a list price once as high as $4.5 million, Beaufort’s famous Tidalholm mansion has finally sold.

Photos courtesy of Eat Sleep Play Beaufort/Luxury Portfolio International The Tidalholm mansion on Laurens Street became famous as a setting for “The Big Chill” and “The Great Santini.”

Dangerfield repeats as Beaufort’s shrimp and grits recipe champ

For the second year in a row, Jason Dangerfield of Cooking Just for Fun took home the trophy for the best shrimp and grits recipe at the fourth annual Bridges Prep Block Party.

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort/For Beaufort Today Jason Dangerfield won the People’s Choice Award for his shrimp and grits recipe.

Wood-fire pizza coming to Bay Street

A new dining option is coming to downtown Beaufort in May.

Courtesy of Eat Sleep Play Beaufort The new restaurant, Hearth, will bring more foot traffic to Bay Street in May.

Jewelry store owners introduce mobile store

As food trucks gain momentum across Beaufort County, two business owners are offering a different type of product from their mobile store.

Photos courtesy of 1910Circa Jewelry Kayla Derrick and Matt DeVito spent more than a year renovating a 1985 Chevrolet minibus.

Walls go up on 46th Habitat home

The walls are up and the Tuckers will soon have a new house in Seabrook.

Photos courtesy of Eat Sleep Play Beaufort Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity raises the walls of its 46th local home build.

Olympic runner visiting Beaufort

An Olympic marathon runner will make his way to town to take on the Beaufort Twilight Run on Saturday.

Cuthbert House under new ownership

One of Beaufort’s most historic homes is under new ownership as the Cuthbert House Inn has recently been purchased by Connie and Pierre-Edouard (Ed) Binot.

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Berkley, Eat Sleep Play Beaufort Connie and Pierre-Edouard (Ed) Binot are the newest owners of the historic house.

Hunting Island may need volunteers’ help in coming months

Restoring Hunting Island is a work in progress and help from volunteers may soon be needed.

Photos courtesy of Friends of Hunting Island Crews work to remove fallen trees within the park.